With Mark Leggett who regularly guides bird walks at Sunnylands, Whitewater Preserve, Coachella Valley Preserve and Santa Rosa & San Jacinto Mountains National Monument Visitors Center. will explore sub-alpine forests and mountain meadows for birds that live in this unique biotic community. Birds that hopefully we’ll see include Mountain Chickadee, Pygmy Nuthatch, Steller’s Jay and White-headed Woodpecker. The area is also home to 4 common conifers—Sugar Pine, Lodgepole Pine, Jeffrey Pine and White Fir, all of which birds rely on. The moderate walk will be in Long Valley and will cover about 2 miles. Beginners are welcome!

Date and Time: Sunday, June 24, 8:30 a.m. to about noon. Please arrive at the tram valley station before 8 a.m. to assure on-time arrival for the class. IT IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED to buy a tram ticket online in advance for a specific day and time. Schedule the tram departure at least one-half hour before class time. By doing so, arriving on time for your reserved place on the tram is assurance for arriving on time for the class. Online tickets are limited.  Order early!  Go to  If online tickets are not available many tickets are still available for walk-ins.   Note If for any reason you are unable to use it on the day reserved, tickets purchased in advance at the tram website, or on-site, are good anytime for 1 year from the date of purchase.
Meet at:  From 2nd floor terminal at the mountain station, go down to the 1st floor, exit the building to the terrace. The Nichols rooms is to the left down a short walkway.
Instructor: Mark Leggett,
Hike Level:  about 2 miles, easy to moderate, very little elevation change.
Class Size Limit: 15
Preparation: Note that the temperature will be roughly 30 degrees lower than on the desert floor. Dress accordingly. Please bring water, a hat, binoculars and snacks.
We do have a limited number of binoculars to loan if needed.

If you have any questions please contact the NHA at 

Present your NHA membership card and receive a 20% ticket discount on tram fare and 10% on food.

Booking:  A reservation is required.  Only one booking is permitted at a time. For more than one, simply fill out the form again with the information for each additional enrollee and submit. Overbookings will be waitlisted and if space becomes available enrollee will be notified in order of priority.

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